Opening January 12 at UVic Legacy Gallery Downtown, the exhibition Physique Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest is a deep dive into the reclamation of Indigenous tattooing within the Pacific Northwest.
Alongside historic pictures and ephemera, Physique Language options 5 up to date artists and cultural tattoo practitioners, whose artwork practices discover designs on pores and skin and their relationship to conventional clothes, rock artwork, jewelry, basketry and weaving to supply therapeutic, safety and a deep sense of cultural information and belonging.
Exhibition curator and Nlaka’pamux tattoo artist Dion Kaszas says, “The revival of our tattooing affirms our id, sends messages of empowerment and stitches collectively our historical past with our up to date existence. Our tattoos are a everlasting reminder that we belong to one thing greater than ourselves.”
On January 13, there shall be an internet dialogue with three of the artists from Physique Language: Dion Kaszas (Nlaka’pamux), Nahaan (Tlingit) and Nakkita Trimble (Nisga’a).
Additionally opening in January on the Legacy Gallery is Derrumbeat: The Beat of Collapse, an interactive sonic collage which mixes pictures and sounds of decomposing buildings in Havana, Cuba. This collaborative challenge with UVic anthropologist Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier and her colleagues from Cuba, DJ Jigüe and photographer Ained Cala, invitations guests to combine the beats of collapse as they have interaction with music and pictures.
Derrumbeat: The Beat of Collapse opens January 15. Each exhibitions runs till April 9.
Extra about UVic Legacy Galleries will be discovered at uvic.ca/legacygalleries/index.php
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